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Fri, May 15 - Mon, May 18
RUN #00269
Yosuke Ueno - efiL
Yosuke Ueno
Part of 5/15 - Archive Access Spring Cleaning - 5/15   View Entire Series
Edition Size:   60
16 x 20 Inches Archival Pigment Print on 330gsm Fine Art Paper
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"I always start new work without any detailed designs. My hope is for a piece to complete itself beyond my imagination. I sometimes say that artists are parallel to scientists. Scientists have no way of knowing the result of an experiment beforehand. The same can be said about creating art. It is no wonder then that brains and instruments of thought are another prominent symbol. My belief is that though brains may be restricted in terms of size and quantity, they are wondrous in that the possibilities are limitless. It is the most supreme belonging a human being can possess. Our brains decide the behavior, character and personality of each individual, denoting the utmost depths of our identity." - Yosuke Ueno

This RUN comes signed, numbered and with a Certificate of Authenticity from Yosuke Ueno & 1xRUN

Discuss This Run

Yosuke Ueno Debuts On 1xRUN With efiL

Here for his debut RUN we welcome Japanese artist Yosuke Ueno and the detailed swirling pieceefiL. Read on as we talk with Yosuke Ueno about his early influences, and his debut RUN in the 1xRUN Thru Interview below…

Yosuke Ueno

1xRUN Thru Interview

efiL by Yosuke Ueno

1xRUN:  What materials was the origianl printed on/drawn with? Is the original still for sale?

Yosuke Ueno: The original piece was created in 2011.  It was painted on canvas with acrylics.

1xRun: Tell us how the idea and execution came about?

Yosuke Ueno:  The name of the character “efiL” is a reverse-spelling word for Life, and the character is the symbol of life and nature. I love to go hiking and experiences at mountains always inspire me to create. Walking mountains has been every weekend habit for me. I trek my neighbor mountains every weekend and love to see the Mt. Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan, from where I am. All the time I take the air and the sound of mountains back to my studio with me. Those elements make my mind clear and I really love to work with the atmosphere of mountains.

efiL by Yosuke Ueno

1xRun: What is unique about this piece?

Yosuke Ueno:  It is difficult to explain with words because I express all what I would like to say in the piece. Words are not enough to explain my piece. So just feel it as you like.

1xRun: Why should people buy this print?

Yosuke Ueno:  It would be a pleasure for me if you hang it on your wall just like evergreen flower.

1xRun: Describe the print in one gut reaction word.

Yosuke Ueno:  Life and Death.

Run #00269 // efil by Yosuke Ueno

1xRun: When did you first start making art?

Yosuke Ueno:  Every little child naturally comes to take pens and starts drawing. I had not been the exception. But there was a difference between my friends and me, that is; I had been keeping drawing even after my friends stopped drawing. I felt so satisfied when my classmates liked my drawings and words from friends had been a big motivation for me then.

1xRun: What was your first piece?

Yosuke Ueno:  Do you remember the very first drawing that you had draw when you were a child? My answer is probably the same as yours.

1xRun: What artists inspired you early on?

Yosuke Ueno:    I’ve been influenced and inspired by Japanese subcultures such as manga or advertisement for ever since I was born and have been grown up in Japan.

Yosuke Ueno

1xRun: What artists inspire you now?

Yosuke Ueno:  I am rather inspired by Japanese subcultures than any particular artist today.

1xRun: Do you listen to music while you work? If so what? If not then what is your environment like when you work?

Yosuke Ueno:  Yes. I am listening to break beats when I work for today.

Yosuke Ueno

1xRun: If you could collaborate with any living artist who would it be and why?

Yosuke Ueno:  I’ve never thought about collaborating with other artists.

1xRun: What was the first piece of art that you bought? Do you still have it?

Yosuke Ueno:  Osamu Tezuka’s manga. But I have just discarded it the other day!

Osamu Tezuka

1xRun: What was the last piece of art that you bought?

Yosuke Ueno:  Japanese hip hop CD. That is a great art.

1xRun: What else do you have in the works?

Yosuke Ueno:   I am going to participate in an art fair in German this autumn, and have a group show in Hong Kong.

1xRun: Where can people find you on the internette?

Yosuke Ueno:  WebsiteFacebook


About the Artist

Location: Tokyo, Japan

Yosuke Ueno started to create original characters and draw them since early childhood, and learned his way to paint by himself. His first solo show was held in Yamaguchi, Japa when he was sixteen, 1994. Also known as a specialist of symbolism and innocence, sometimes four colors like red, green, yellow, and blue appear in his works. These colors represent the four bases of DNA: adenine, thymine, guanine and cytosine, that is, A, T, G and C-molecular elements that all animate beings share. Yosuke paints these colors and A, T, G and C with a message that all animate beings should have equal worth.

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